Top Ten Tips for Moving in a Post COVID-19 South Africa

Contributed by SA Furniture Removals, 19 August, 2020

The rapid spread of the virus known as COVID-19 has led to enforced lockdowns worldwide. Both businesses and the general public have had to abruptly rethink how they conduct and operate their daily lives.

The regulations will eventually be lifted, which we are currently experiencing as a result of the negative economic impact. During this phase, there will be an interim phase of caution before normal day-to-day life resumes. In the interim we will still need to be cautious as to avoid spreading the disease and be responsible in our own actions to avoid spreading or re-energising the COVID outbreak.

One of the things that will change is home removals and office removals. Below are ten tips from Top Removal Companies in The United Kingdom and Cape Town, South Africa on how to move in post COVID-19.

Tip 1: Acquire an online quotation

Avoiding physical contact is first on the list of tips to avoid spreading the virus. Fortunately, some top moving companies such as Dorset Removals in UK and don't require an in-person assessment.

You can contact your local moving company in your respective areas within South Africa and United Kingdom of choice via email or their website for a quote.

All these moving companies provide swift quotations, free of charge, without the need for any physical meeting.

Tip 2: If you aren't feeling well close to the day of the move, then please notify the moving company

Lockdown has officially been lowered to level 2 in South Africa which creates more vulnerability for the much-anticipated 2nd wave of the pandemic. All the moving company's that are listed follow strict COVID 19 protocols and will ensure that they increase their precautionary measures to restrict the spread of The COVID 19 virus.

If you may need to reconsider your moveshould be showing the typical symptoms then rather be safe than sorry irrespective of the inconvenience of rescheduling.

Tip 3: Do not reuse old boxes

If you are planning on using boxes that have been used by another person, prior to your use, it is advised that you reconsider.

Because COVID-19 may survive for extended periods of time on surfaces, used boxes may still be contaminated. If you use contaminated boxes you are putting yourself and others at risk. It is advised you purchase new boxes and other packing materials for your move.

Tip 4: Try to get all packing supplies in one go

With the virus still in the air, limiting your contact with public areas will still be advised. If you are purchasing your packing materials from a walk in store try to get everything in one visit. This will allow you to limit your chances of possible exposure to the virus.

Tip 5: When giving away or selling any items, be sure to disinfectant them

Because you may be unknowingly spreading the COVID-19 pathogen on the surfaces of your belongings, it is advised that you disinfect all items you plan to donate or sell.

This may seem excessive but if someone were to get infected from one of your belongings it could start a chain reaction of more infections leading to a spike in cases.

Tip 6: While packing, use this as a chance to disinfect your belongings

When lockdown regulations are lifted it will still be important to keep a certain level of sterilisation. The COVID-19 pathogen may survive for extended periods of time on surfaces, so it is important to wipe down all your belongings with disinfectant as you pack them.

If you don't have access to disinfectant, a tablespoon of bleach to one gallon of water can be used to wipe down your belongings.

Tip 7: Boxes should be packed and untouched at least 24 hours prior to the movers' arrival

Even though the COVID-19 pathogen may survive for extended periods of time on surfaces, it is important to allow for boxes and belongings to sit untouched for at least 24 hours. This will avoid any further contamination before the workers from the moving company arrive to collect your items.

Tip 8: If inspecting new properties, be cautious

When relocating, you may be viewing possible houses. The virus may still be present on an attendee of a house viewing, so wearing a mask, sanitizing your hands and avoiding touching your face will be priorities. It is also advised that you practice social distancing where possible.

Tip 9: On the day of your move, wear a mask and gloves and sanitize regularly

The moving company will most likely be providing their workers with masks, gloves and other tools to prevent any possible contamination. However, you should still take personal precautions. Wearing a mask and gloves will provide protection but it will still be important to avoid direct contact with people. It will be equally important to make use of disinfectant containing at least 60% alcohol.

Tip 10: Clean your new home

When at your new home, it is a good idea to disinfect the house while moving your belongings in. This is especially important if the house was open to the public for viewings, prior to you moving in.

Take the extra time needed to disinfect your new environment, rather than taking the chance of being infected and infecting others.

Bonus tip: Be cautious

The COVID-19 virus will not have been completely eradicated when lockdown regulations are lifted. In order to prevent another outbreak it is important to take the virus seriously and take all necessary precautions to avoid contracting it and spreading it.

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